We just commemorated the 19th anniversary of 9/11 and still feel the pain of loss and the anger against Osama Bin Laden and his organization that killed 2,977 Americans. Our country made it a goal to bring him to justice.
Almost 10 years later on May 2, 2011 Bin Laden met his death at the hands of a U.S. SEAL team. He paid the price for the sponsorship of the terrorist attack on American soil.
One has to go back to December 7, 1941 and the surprise Pearl Harbor attack and the killing of 2,403 to find something similar. The Japanese government and key officials were held accountable for that raid and the subsequent bloody conflict in the Pacific that was part of World War II. World War II itself cost 419,400 American lives and devastated Europe and a significant part of Asia. Adolph Hitler committed suicide, but many of his henchmen were brought to trial and paid the price for their crimes.
Hideki Tojo, leader of the Japanese Empire was brought to trial, condemned to death and executed on December 23, 1945. Both Hitler and Tojo were war leaders that deserved to die for their crimes, especially crimes against innocent people.
This brings us to the present war on the Coronavirus that has so far infected 6.5 million and killed almost 200,000 in the United States. It is predicted in some models that the number of dead will double within a few months.
Pearl Harbor and 9/11 tragic and dramatic events do not compare to the devastation of COVID-19. This virus and the destruction it is causing is more on the scale of World War II losses.
Furthermore, it is much more serious in the sense that in World War II, it was mostly soldiers dying abroad. Here it is 6.5 million civilian casualties and potentially hundreds of thousands of deaths on our home soil.
Who do we hold accountable for that? Who is constitutionally responsible to lead on behalf of the safety of the American people?
We know that by early February, President Trump knew how deadly the Coronavirus was but decided not to conduct an all-out war to diminish its danger to the public. He did this by lying to the American people about the severity of the threat as well as not developing and instituting a national plan to protect the public.
This resulted in the virus growing exponentially to the point that although our country represents only 4 percent of the world population we have at least 20 percent of the cases, most of any nation on the globe. He is more worried about the economy that he feels is his road to reelection than protecting the people.
When Hitler was in his bunker and had a chance to surrender his country and avoid more bloodshed, he refused to do so as he evidently felt that all Germans should go down with him because they were weak and did not deserve to live. In this sense, how do you think President Trump regards average Americans?
Data indicates that if the President had sought to truly protect the people against COVID-19, at least 80 percent of the deaths to date could have been avoided. So, this amounts to a responsibility for at least 150,000 deaths and more to come.
I do not know enough to say that President Donald Trump’s actions amount to mass murder. I do know, however, that he must be held accountable.